WIMBLEDON, England -- The All England Club has increased the prize money at this years Wimbledon tennis championship by 10 per cent, with a majority of the cash directed to help lower-ranked players. Although the mens and womens singles champions will each receive a record 1.15 million pounds ($1.85 million), most of the 1.5 million pound ($2.4 million) increase to the overall pot will go to players who lose in qualifying or the early rounds. All England Club Chairman Philip Brook says "we appreciate the need to help players meet the rising costs associated with professional tennis." Those losing before the fourth round of the singles competitions will receive an increase of at least 13 per cent. There will be a total 16.1 million pounds ($26 million) in prize money. FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matt Kenseth says a tire problem caused him to crash during testing at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday. Kenseth says its always a concern when a tire blows apart for no reason after only nine laps. Kenseth is second in the race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title, trailing Jimmie Johnson by four points with four races left in the season. Kenseth was the points leeader before finishing 20th at Talladega last weekend.dddddddddddd The top eight drivers in the points standings are among the 16 cars from five teams testing at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas track. Asked if he wrecked the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota he planned to race at Texas on Nov. 3, Kenseth said that car is "at home safe ready to get to the track." ' ' '
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